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Are e-cigarettes harmful?

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We are now learning it may take months or even years before the Food and Drug Administration could impose regulations on e-cigarettes.

The new regulations would extend limits that are currently on cigarettes to other tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

That means makers will have to register with the FDA and disclose what is in them.

E-cigarette enthusiasts say vaping is far safer than smoking cigarettes, and some experts say that may well be the case.

Cigarettes and other tobacco products contain hundreds, if not thousand of chemicals, and companies were known to add chemicals to enhance flavor and to make the products more addictive.

Experts at Memorial Health said using an e-cigarette as a replacement for a cigarette can be very helpful. It gets rid of the harmful elements while still getting the nicotine by using a step down system, slowly weaning smokers off nicotine.

"I disagree. I don't know the health impact, but it is almost common logic," said Vapor's Smoke Shop owner Christopher Daye. "You take out 400 plus ingredients and you only have 4 ingredients, it is kinda a no-brainer that it is going to be less of a health impact than a traditional impact. While I can't say there is no impact there is no impact"

"There are two sides to it," said Memorial Health Cardio Pulmonary Rehab Director Rena Turner. "Some physicians say they like the e-cigarette because it is less harm to the body than a regular cigarette. Others physicians are waiting for more products and data to be done, because we still don't know the affects long term."

Cigarettes were on the market for decades before they were regulated by the FDA. E-cigarettes have only been on the market for a few years.

Again there is a long process ahead before any regulations can be imposed on e-cigarettes.

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